NIU launches conference on engaged learning, teaching, scholarship

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NIU is more than familiar with the amazing stories students tell about their engaged learning experiences with faculty.

Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day

The ninth annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day and the fifth annual Community Engagement Showcase are planned Wednesday, April 18.

However, this spring will introduce a new event that uncovers and recognizes the faculty perspective of collaborations with students and community partners. The first Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 6.

Several faculty and staff will present on best practices in engaged learning, teaching and scholarship in the Holmes Student Center. All are welcome to attend; registration is open online.

 

Renique Kersh

“Engaging students and the local, regional, national and global community is critical to NIU’s mission,” says Renique Kersh, associate vice provost for Engaged Learning and director of the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning.

“We want to celebrate the tremendous efforts by faculty and staff across the campus to create and support opportunities that lead to significant learning and community and economic impact,” Kersh adds. “We hope to inspire potential collaboration, to engage in thoughtful discussions about the future of engaged learning at NIU and to learn from one another.”

Kersh says “engaged learning” comes in many forms:

  • Undergraduate research;
  • Service-learning;
  • Project- or problem-based learning;
  • Innovative practices;
  • Practical ways that community engagement, reciprocity and mutual benefits are obtained through strategic partnerships that result in positive economic or social benefits; and
  • Engaged research, scholarship, creativity and artistry, in addition to engaged learning, teaching and community partnerships.

“At the crux, engaged learning as a practice puts the learner at the center,” she says. “It involves intentionality, application of knowledge and active participation.”

For students, she adds, “the results are significant learning, the ability to think more deeply and understand complex materials, and to better understand and embrace the ways that they connect with the world around them.”

Lisa Freeman, acting president of NIU, will deliver the opening remarks as well as the keynote address: “Bringing NIU’s Mission to Life through Engagement.”

Concurrent “Best Practice” sessions begin at 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A plenary session is scheduled from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., and a poster session will begin at 11:45 a.m.

Participants will close the day with a discussion on “The Future of Engaged Learning at NIU.”

“We hope to learn more about the ways that faculty interpret and implement engaged learning at NIU,” Kersh says. “Engaged learning represents pedagogy, practice and scholarship that is high-impact and has long-term benefits that extend beyond the classroom and the brick-and-mortar.”

Co-sponsors of the Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Conference are the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning; the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development; the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center; the College of Business Experiential Learning Center; and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, call (815) 753-8154 or email rkersh@niu.edu.

Story reposted from NIU Today, January 17, 2018

EDUCAUSE 2015 Virtual Conference

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WHEN: Wednesday, October 28 – Friday, October 30
WHERE: NIU Wellness and Literacy Building Conference Room 2101 (map)
COST: FREE to NIU Faculty and Staff


NIU’s Division of Information Technology is sponsoring this year’s EDUCAUSE 2015 Virtual Conference. You and your colleagues can learn and network by coming together to participate in streamed sessions from the conference in Indianapolis.

Description from the EDUCAUSE website:

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is the premier higher education IT event, offering an engaging and informative program, formal and informal opportunities to build your professional network, and allows you to learn, reflect, and engage with colleagues from around the world.

Take part in content-rich sessions as an individual, or attend as a team. Participate either in-person in Indianapolis, or virtually right from your own institution. However you participate, EDUCAUSE 2015 will create a dynamic environment to share future directions, best practices, stories of successful collaborations, and solutions to community-wide issues.


EDUCAUSE keynote speakers 2015

Wednesday: The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
Daniel Pink
Author and Host/Executive Producer of National Ceographics Crowd Control

Thursday: The Cascade Effect: How Small Wins Can Transform Your Organization
Andrew McAfee
Co-Counter MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Author

Friday: If You Build It
Emily Pilloton
Humanitarian Design Activist, Author of Design Revolution and Creator of Project H


Session Descriptions and Times

http://niu.edu/doit/education/educause.shtml
Sign up for the sessions you wish to attend by clicking on the registration link at the top of the page. Attend as many sessions as you would like.

If you need more information about the how to use the DOIT ERP Training registration system, please refer to:
http://www.niu.edu/erptraining/documents/basicnavigation/erptraining_registration_process_JOBAID.pdf


If your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend, note that EDUCAUSE records many of the sessions. When EDUCAUSE makes the recorded sessions available to us (usually 4-8 weeks after the conference), we will share the link with you.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact erp_training@niu.edu.

Earn Professional Development Credit by Attending SLATE Conference: October 11-12

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You are invited to join faculty, teaching staff, administrators, instructional designers, librarians, and user support staff from institutions across the Midwest and around the country at the 10th annual SLATE Conference, Thursday, October 11, and Friday, October 12, at NIU-Naperville.

Nearly 60 sessions covering a wide variety of topics will be presented this year, including:

  • The Flipped Classroom
  • Learn Anytime, Anywhere: Designing Mobile-Friendly Courses
  • Mastering the Minefield: Learning to Manage Change
  • Addressing the Needs and Challenges Surrounding eTextbooks
  • Keep It Short and Tweet: Best Practices for Teaching with Twitter
  • Presenting Materials in an Online Class: Tools that Work for You
  • Creating Engaging Courses with Digital Content in Blackboard
  • Technologies That Meet the Diverse Learning Styles of Students

Earn continuing education credit
Participants who attend both days of the SLATE Conference are eligible to earn continuing education credit through Northern Illinois University in the amount of 11 Contact Hours.

Space is still available to register
Register by Sunday, September 30 for discounted individual registration rate of only $150 per person. Group registration discounts are available when registering three or more individuals at a time.  NIU faculty and staff can register by check, P.O., or interdepartment journal transfer.  See www.slategroup.org/conference/register for more details.

More information about the SLATE Conference is available at www.slategroup.org/conference.